Whether you have lost one tooth or all your teeth, you want to find the best replacement option available. In most cases that will be dental implants. What exactly are they? Dental implants are small, artificial tooth roots made of titanium that can be surgically placed into your jawbone and then covered with a prosthetic tooth—generally an all-porcelain crown. No one will be able to tell they are not your natural teeth. In fact, they also function like your natural teeth. You will be able to eat anything you want without the problems you typically see with removable dentures.
Because dental implants replace the entire tooth, they’re able to offer a number of advantages compared to regular bridges and dentures:
Dental implant roots can be paired with a variety of restorations to help patients missing any number of teeth. After giving you an exam, our team can let you know which of the following options would be best for you:
As we touched on above, a single implant root can be placed into the mouth and topped with an all-porcelain crown. Unlike with a bridge, the surrounding teeth won’t have to be filed down to make room for the prosthetic, better preserving someone’s natural dental structure.
Implants can easily be paired with bridges and partial dentures to replace several teeth while using a minimal number of roots. They give these prosthetics a strength and stability a traditional removable one simply can’t match.
A full denture can be connected to the jawbone using just four to six implants, giving a patient a row of teeth they never have to worry about slipping out of place. We can upgrade a patient’s current denture to fit over dental implants (overdentures), or we can make an entirely new prosthetic if necessary.
For the dental implant procedure, first, the titanium roots are surgically placed into the jawbone, and once a patient’s mouth has been given time to heal, then the new teeth are placed on top of them. At most other dental offices, they force their patients to visit multiple offices to have the different implant phases completed, but at Sommers Family Dental, our team is able to do everything under one roof. This not only saves you time, but stress as well, because you’ll be able to work with the same trusted dentist and team from beginning to end.
Every dental implant treatment we provide is 100% personalized for each patient based on their unique needs, and because of this, the cost of the treatment is always different. Factors like how many teeth are missing, the location of the implants, and what kind of restoration is needed can all influence the final price. We can let you know what you’ll be expected to pay for your implants when you come to see us for a consultation. It’s important to know that while implants tend to cost more upfront compared to traditional bridges and dentures, they are also expected to last many times longer, which actually helps patients save thousands over time on periodic maintenance.
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